squeal

verb
\ ˈskwēl How to pronounce squeal (audio) \
squealed; squealing; squeals

Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a shrill cry or noise
2a : to turn informer squeal to the police

transitive verb

1 : to express with or as if with a squeal
2 : to cause to make a loud shrill noise squealing the tires

squeal

noun

Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shrill sharp cry or noise

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Other Words from squeal

Verb

squealer noun

Synonyms for squeal

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of squeal in a Sentence

Verb The car squealed to a stop. He squealed the tires and drove off. She squealed to the teacher. “Let me go,” she squealed. Noun She heard the pig's squeals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This may be the smallest commuter in the Hyundai lineup, but the Accent is still light enough to be fun to drive and quick enough to make the tires squeal. Car and Driver, "Most Fuel-Efficient Cars (That Aren't Electric or Hybrid)," 23 Apr. 2021 With disc brakes, use latex gloves to handle pads and rotors, because skin oils can contaminate braking surfaces and make your brakes squeal. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Maintenance That Will Prep Your Bike for Spring," 29 Mar. 2021 Few things put a smile on Lucille’s face, and Walter remembers feeling pretty giddy about getting to squeal for Gene Parmesan’s fantastically horrible disguises. Denise Martin, Vulture, "Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter on 5 Classic Lucille Bluth GIFs," 25 Mar. 2021 Or that which is safest of all, a creature to confide in, to squeal at and touch, who will sit there and take it, be ours to command—a cat, a dog. Jason Kehe, Wired, "What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal," 18 Jan. 2021 Your web site is asking & advising Iowans to squeal on restaurant & bar owners for non compliance with your new COVID orders. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Steve King isn't leaving Congress quietly," 23 Nov. 2020 But turn-in is dull, and the tires squeal even at responsible street speeds. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "2021 Acura TLX Shows Signs of Greatness," 24 Sep. 2020 The latter’s squealing every morning served as my wake-up call. Dallas News, "Beyond Yosemite: Four state parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path," 4 May 2020 Shortly after Badgett's test was completed, a young child could be heard squealing, then crying in the backseat of an SUV nearby after nurses administered a screening. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Doctor's orders: Get your COVID-19 test, then come in for your delayed procedure," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the lawmakers let out a squeal as the guilty verdict was announced. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Democrats cheer Chauvin verdict: 'Justice has been done'," 20 Apr. 2021 The squeal of children hanging onto a spinning merry go round at a nearby playground broke the lunchtime calm. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dominic Foppoli's ambitions embodied Windsor. Now his troubles threaten to engulf it," 8 Apr. 2021 The word hyperpop does nail the way that the music swirls together and speeds up Top 40 tricks of present and past: a Janet Jackson drum slam here, a Depeche Mode synth squeal there, the overblown pep of novelty jingles throughout. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 Missy starts squeal barking again, out of excitement. Alex Kormann, Star Tribune, "Exhaustion, injury, freezing cold: This Beargrease dog race competitor braves it all to win," 24 Nov. 2020 This is a car light to the touch -- drive it with your fingertips, even at tire-squeal speeds. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 An engine roars and what sounds like six shots are fired before tires squeal and a crash is heard, based on the audio from the dash camera. NBC News, "Body, dash camera video released from fatal shooting of Black man by Waukegan, Illinois police," 28 Oct. 2020 Don’t write this off as a different kind of brake squeal. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 1 Oct. 2020 Survivors snort and squeal weakly through the haze, until two workers, using captive-bolt guns, put them down. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, "Beyond Big Meat," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of squeal

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squeal

Verb

Middle English squelen, of imitative origin

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The first known use of squeal was in the 14th century

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25 Apr 2021

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“Squeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeal. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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squeal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause (something) to make a long, high-pitched cry or noise
informal + disapproving : to tell someone in authority (such as the police or a teacher) about something wrong that someone has done
: to say (something) in a high and excited voice

squeal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, high-pitched cry or noise

squeal

verb
\ ˈskwēl How to pronounce squeal (audio) \
squealed; squealing

Kids Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a sharp long high-pitched cry or noise

squeal

noun

Kids Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp high-pitched cry or noise

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